We were very honoured to have Prof. R. Ramanujam of Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc), one of India's premier Maths institutes.
Prof Ramanujam was shown the Maths section of the Open Day. Starting with Montessori, he saw how children learn Maths using material - which helps them consolidate place value and basic operations.
He moved onto the Lower Elementary section where, like typical Al Qamarians, the students posed questions to him, rather than vice versa. He saw how material helps children understand operations in millions.
Then came the "Discovery Maths" section where students demonstrated their original math discoveries- a divisibility test for 7, generic solutions to the Pirates and other problems.
A 6th grade student explained how the children have worked with different types of puzzles involving inference. Another student explained the Connected Maths curriculum and how it uses inquiry based Maths to introduce concepts.
Prof Ramanujam went onto seeing how Upper Elementary students learn operations like LCM, Fractions, Decimals and Signed numbers.
He saw the geometry work and the Strategy games played by the kids.
Very happy to share that his parting words were that schools like Al Qamar are the need of the hour.